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20 Best Google Classroom Tips From Google Pros

20 Best Google Classroom Tips From Google Pros

By Learn2Earn Blog Team

Google Classroom is almost as common in today’s classroom as a chalkboard—or white board, or smart board. As of its one-year anniversary, May 6, 2015, 70 million assignments have been created and 2.3 million users have downloaded the Chrome extension.

If you’re a Google Classroom user, these tips will help you discover more awesome features to use. If you’re not, they’ll give you an idea of how Google Classroom can help you improve collaboration, communicate with students, and engage every learner.

1. “Share with Multiple Classes: If you teach multiple sections of the same course, Google Classroom will create the assignment in each section.” (Alice Keeler)

2. “Adding descriptions to assignments is a good thing to do. The assignments in Classroom become good points of reference for absent students and kids that see their grades and wonder why they are as they are. Spelling out all of the details makes for easy reference later.” (Ditch That Textbook)

3. “Google Classroom can be used by schools and districts to organize and deliver professional development content for teachers.” (Edudemic)

4. “Keep due dates in order with Calendar, now available in Google Classroom.” (Google Classroom)

5. “When an assignment, lesson, or unit doesn’t work, add your own comments–or have students add their own feedback), then tag it or save it to a different folder for revision.” (TeachThought)

6. “Distribute Notes: Rather than focusing on note taking, students are able to focus on discussing. Posting the notes to a Google Classroom announcement allows students to pull up the notes easily and then spend class time talking about them instead of taking them.” (Alice Keeler)

More: 3 Reasons to Bring Digital Note Taking to Your Classroom

7. “Students can make comments on the stream. This is awesome because if they have a question, I get an email when the stream post is made, which means I can respond in a timely manner. The other benefit is that sometimes students have the same question and can see that it was asked and perhaps a response has already been posted.” (Zahner History)

8. “Vertically-align student learning by curating and sharing “landmark” student assignments that reflect mastery of specific standards.” (TeachThought)

9. “Create a consistent and descriptive naming convention for your classes before you begin adding them to Google Classroom. Consider including the semester or school year to keep things organized. Example: 7th Period U.S. History 15-16.” (ShakeUpLearning)

10. “Save time at the photocopier when you use the “make a copy for each student” feature. (Google for Education)

11. “Don’t overload the “About” tab. Only add the most important, year-round links to your “About” tab. If you overload it with too much content, it will become difficult to find anything there!” (Ditch That Textbook)

12. “Give students feedback as they work on assignemnts… you can provide feedback to the students while they work much like you would on a rough draft.” (The Snarky Schoolteacher)

13. “For some assignments, you may want to create a template for students to edit, rather than having them create a file from scratch.” (The Logonauts)

14. “Build reading comprehension with daily news with the Google Classroom share button on Newsela.” (Google Classroom)

More: 7 Tools to Improve Reading Comprehension

15. “Set up Classroom for younger students who don’t have Gmail by having your admin create Drive accounts for them.” (Google for Education)

16. “Set the class theme. This was the first thing I did after creating my classes. I love the breathtaking photos and the color schemes that go with them. Several photos will be a perfect fit for certain classes (i.e. there are a few nice ones for science).” (Ditch That Textbook)

17. “Use the about tab to share year-round materials.” (ShakeUpLearning)

18. “Re-use posts. Teachers now are able to re-use materials they used in the previous school year. You can easily grab an assignment or an announcement from one of your last year’s classes and add the changes you want then share it with your students. This applies both to the classes you teach or the ones you co-teach.” (Educators Technology)

19. “…Customize the point value for your assignments to fit your syllabus. If you forget to change the point value before assigning, don’t worry! Any changes to point value will update existing grades and notify the students of the new assignment value.” (The Gooru)

20. “It’s important to be able to manage student responses and provide feedback in a timely manner. The Question tool is quick to use and allows teachers to comment and assign a score to each post.” (Zahner History)

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  7. marl

    October 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    cool

  8. Maria

    October 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Awesome!

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